So this whole thing played out really fast. Early Friday evening, word hit the net that Al Pacino had become maybe the first major actor to ever leave an animated voice-over job over creative differences. Given it was Pacino, we were not really confused by this news as much as we are pointing at it and saying ‘really?’ with a bit of a grin. The legendary actor was meant to play the villainous lead of Eduardo in the Despicable Me sequel opposite Steve Carell. That created a bit of a problem considering release was set for July 3 although a savior has come to the rescue.
Interestingly enough, it is the much more low-key Benjamin Bratt. Why interesting? His Miss Congeniality co-star Sandra Bullock is voicing the villain for the Despicable Me spin-off due out in December 2014. Coincidence, probably, but maybe the folks at Illumination Entertainment just happen to be huge fans of the cult-favorite action comedy. The more plausible reason is Bratt’s involvement with the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films in which he voices the role of Manny the Guatemalan cameraman. Deadline broke today’s story.
Al Pacino got a little homage during last night’s Vince Vaughn-hosted Saturday Night Live as Bill Hader portrayed the legendary actor in a variety of murderer biopics. From the Menendez Brothers to Amanda Knox, he does it all and Hader brings the goods. For those keeping score, Pacino did in deed get screen time play those first two (Jack Kavorkian and Phil Specter) but no so much the others.
Last time Al Pacino played a known an over-sensationalized figure in the media, the Godfather star won a Primetime Emmy so we are watching his next trip to biopic-ville very closely. His next effort comes from HBO yet again, and it cast the actor as music producer Phil Spector who fell from grace following the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson back in 2003. The movie, which also stars Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor, makes its debut on March 24. An extended trailer hit the web earlier today, thus the honorable mention. Continue Reading
In front of the third season finale of Boardwalk Empire this evening, HBO opted to show off a ‘Yearender’ piece that they put together to promote all of the offerings coming next year to the network. Usually the slot is used for a full-on trailer to plug whatever drama will take the Sunday night spot next; however, there does not really appear to be a strong offering in the winter so who is to argue about the choice that they made. On the plus side, audiences received their first looks at a variety of new original movies including footage of Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra; Hilary Swank in Mary and Martha; Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in Phil Specter; and Benedict Cumberbatch in the mini-series Parade’s End. Continue Reading
Today, we get our first look at the Fisher Stevens comedy Stand Up Guys. A trailer for the R-rated feature about aging con men has just hit the web much to our delight. The plot of this one has Al Pacino’s Val being released from prison after taking the fall for one of his former associates. Christopher Walken’s Doc meets him at the door where they proceed to have a bit of old fashioned gangster fun. Alan Arkin’s Hirsch joins in as the trio seek to compensate for decades of lost memories together in a short period of time.
There is also a much more serious element of this movie that has Doc tasked with what looks to be murdering his long-time associate and his attempts to find an acceptable alternative. Such a deep-seeded story element might tone down the movie’s humor substantially, but then again having a legitimate plot like this is pretty much a necessity. Either way, it looks like if you want to see a truly hilarious Christopher Walken anytime soon you will have to settle for his other new comedy, Seven Pyschopaths. Continue Reading
It would appear that Christopher Walken is making a miniature comeback of sorts. The actor has not exactly been around a lot lately, but that will all change soon as he is scheduled to appear in the soon-to-release R-comedy Seven Psychopaths in October and now a similar genre’d offering early next year. Lionsgate has just announced that they have set the Summit-produced Stand Up Guys for January 11, 2013.
Not to be misleading, I should point out the film also stars Al Pacino and Alan Arkin who are probably some bigger names in the fold. Pacino has been doing comedy as of late if you count last year’s Adam Sandler film Jack & Jill and Alan Arkin plays the comic relief somewhat (at least in the trailer) in Ben Affleck’s upcoming release Argo, so each can be considered practiced thespians. These three top-tier actors will be starring as retired gangsters who get back together for ‘one epic night’ which should be a good enough premise to give Red a run for its money. Continue Reading
Despicable Me 2 has quite the vocal cast between the likes of Steve Carell, Al Pacino, and Jason Segel, but none of their parts are the focal point for the first teaser for the animated feature that hit the web earlier today. No, it doesn’t release this summer. In fact, if you want to see this film you will have to wait until July 3, 2013.
Deadlineis reporting today that Al Pacino has been cast in Despicable Me 2. This will mark the animated debut for the veteran award-winning actor, and it is actually a pretty solid franchise to hop onto as the original film made $543 million worldwide in 2010. As for Pacino’s character, he will be in the role opposite Steve Carell’s Gru, but that is all we know for the time being.
Older ensembles for action flicks is all the rage in Hollywood right now, and this new feature just announced aims to hop on the bandwagon. According to THR, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin are teaming up for the Fisher Stevens-directed Stand Up Guys–a movie that centers around two aging criminals with the catch being one of the two is hired to kill his friend. The film will shoot in April.
All of the stars just mentioned have other projects coming down the pipeline. Al Pacino is set to star in those Gotti and Phil Specter bio-pics as well as King Lear which all release later this year; Alan Arkin will be seen in Ben Affleck’s Argo; and Christopher Walken looks pretty busy as well with a slew of projects currently in post-production.
Here is a clip from Wilde Salome which is best described as a documentary-drama. The film takes audiences on a journey with Al Pacino as he unravels and re-interprets Oscar Wilde’s once banned and most controversial work, Salome. In the following clip, Pacino talks about his obsession with Oscar Wilde. Continue Reading
Here is a red hot trailer that hit the web today for Adam Sandler’s next film, Jack and Jill. The film also stars Katie Holmes and Al Pacino. Jack and Jill will release in theaters on November 11, 2011. Continue Reading
Gotti: Three Generations is starting to assemble quite the cast. While the script for the bio pic is currently being rewrote by James Tobak, the film has just cast Al Pacino as Neil Dellacroce, an associate and mentor to John Gotti, Sr. who is played by John Travolta. Continue Reading